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California Pizza Kitchen Puts Cauliflower Pizza Crust On Menus Nationwide

Following a “highly successful” cauliflower pizza crust test in the SoCal area, California Pizza Kitchen has decided to put the veggie-based crust on menus nationwide.

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The cauliflower pizza crust game is hot right now, with one brand that offers it overtaking all frozen pizzas on Amazon in less than half a year. The gluten-free crust option is popular both because it has no wheat and that it’s veggie-based, appealing to those looking to switch most of their carbs to produce or looking for veggie-centric meals.

A word of warning to those with Celiac disease, however: CPK isn’t guaranteeing that trace gluten amounts won’t be on their cauliflower crust. Current kitchen space limits their restaurants to only produce their four gluten-free regular pizzas in the gluten-free kitchen. The crust is certified gluten-free, but it’ll be cooked in the same space as regular pizzas for now.

Guests can swap cauliflower crust onto any pizza on CPK’s menu at any location, barring those in universities, hospitals, airports, and hotels. It’ll be a $2.50 upcharge to get the crust typically, but CPK is waiving that through Feb. 9 as a way to get people to come in and try this increasingly popular pizza crust option for themselves.

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California Pizza Kitchen Is First Chain To Have Cauliflower Pizza Crust

One of the fastest-growing items in the food world right now is cauliflower pizza. As a gluten-free crust option, the plant-based pizza base has taken off, with one company becoming one of Amazon’s fastest-growing and top pizza brands in just six months. Recognizing that the cauliflower pizza crust game is strong right now, national pizza icon California Pizza Kitchen is hopping on the bandwagon early. They’re officially becoming the first national restaurant chain to incorporate cauliflower pizza crust into their menu.

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The cauliflower pizza crust rollout is happening in two phases: Starting on November 27th, Southern California locations in Redondo Beach, Rainbow Harbor, and Manhattan Beach will begin offering the option to replace any crust on their menu with the brassica veggie. Early next year, every CPK location, barring those in hotels, airports, stadiums, and universities, will also have the gluten-free option available.

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While it’s impressive to see a chain with CPK’s reach incorporate such a hot item so quickly, it’s gonna come at a steep price. Upgrading to the cauliflower pizza crust will cost an extra $2.50 per pie. But hey, if you’re celiac or on the low-carb pizza hunt, those options just became a whole lot more accessible.

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Caulipower Becomes Amazon’s Top Frozen Pizza Startup In Just Six Months

In February of 2017, Gail Becker launched Caulipower, a frozen cauliflower pizza startup that has drawn cult followings for their gluten-free pies. In just eight months, the business has grown to the point where they’re in 6,500 stores, including massive retailers like Walmart and Kroger.

Caulipower began as Becker was looking for cauliflower pizza crust options for her sons, both of whom have Celiac disease. After struggling to find one anywhere, she decided to create her own and founded her fast-growing startup. That business, on top of the 6,500 store locations, has already become Amazon’s best-selling frozen pizza.

What has made the pizza so successful? Apart from people buying into the gluten-free trend, the fact that the pizza is healthier due to the vegetable crust has drawn in crowds looking for healthier options for the frozen pie. It’s not something new in the food business world to try these type of options, especially with cauliflower pizza crust being a popular online recipe. In fact, Trader Joe’s came out with their own version just a few months after Caulipower launched. Based on what Popsugar’s staff had to say about it, though, it doesn’t come close to matching the frozen cauliflower pizza startup in terms of flavor. As flavor is the driving force behind any successful food business, it’s clear that Caulipower’s  superiority in it makes it such a top-notch and lovable product.

Between all of those factors, it’s no wonder that Caulipower has really been out here flourishing. It’ll be exciting to see where the frozen cauliflower pizza goes from here.